Reparative therapy 'insulting and dangerous' to LGBT

As a therapist of 25 years and as Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center, I am writing to respond to Nathan Ruark’s Letter to the Editor (April 15, 2010) regarding reparative therapy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

READ MORE 

Techniques used in reparative therapy akin to brainwashing

OK, look. There’s this thing you do, when you want to write an article (or, really, anything in a newspaper), called research. A cursory Google-search would have explained a whole lot of stuff Nathan Ruark obviously didn’t get about reparative therapy (in his April 15 letter to the editor). Granted, given the voice he used in his article, I doubt it would have made a bit of difference, since he relied heavily on the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality Web site for information.

READ MORE 

Benefits of reparative therapy for LGBT community

Friday is the Day of Silence. Thousands of people will stay silent throughout the day to raise awareness of the hateful and discriminatory treatment that LGBT receive every day … Even as LGBT use silence to raise awareness of hate and discrimination, the APA has done its best to silence those who oppose their political agenda regarding homosexuality, namely those who endorse, practice, and support reparative therapy. Currently, the APA claims reparative therapy lacks sufficient scientific research, and has strong potential to harm its patients along with reinforcing negative stereotypes. These statements are simply not true. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality has compiled a booklet documenting the extensive research and practice of reparative therapy. In 2006, a Guttman analysis was performed by a LGBT supporter on the reparative therapy research and found that there is strong statistical evidence that reparative therapy is effective. Furthermore, no study has revealed any systematic negative effects for its patients. On the contrary, even failed attempts have been associated with positive effects for the patient. The APA is now holding a double standard when dealing with homosexuality. It decries the supposed lack of research on reparative therapy, but fully endorses gay-affirming therapeutic techniques, which have even less supporting scientific research than reparative therapy … We help no one by replacing one hate and discrimination with another.

READ MORE 

Reviewer misses meaning of 'Rhinocerous'

After reading the dense review of the play, “Rhinoceros” (in Monday’s issue) I felt compelled to write a (hopefully) thought-provoking response to both the columnist himself, and any Lanthorn readers that were succumbed to reading the misleading, ill-informed review.

READ MORE 

GVSU sororities exempt from body image issues

I recently read an article in The Lanthorn that a Miss Butcher wrote entitled “Study find sorority pledges more likely to develop eating disorders.” This article, although well written and factual, paints a negative view of Greek life at GVSU. The article only contains one small section with a response from a sorority woman on campus, and that is not enough. This article will cause all women on campus who are unaffiliated to shy away from sorority life. There was no information in the article about the statistics regarding GVSU and eating disorders, therefore to put this article in our newspaper is unfair to not only the women of Greek life, but to all the potential future members of sororities. While discussing this article with my non-affiliated friend Mike, he made a very good point that when they state in the article that there was an increase in body shame and self objectification, they don’t specify if it was an increase based on a secondary test (where the people who were surveyed rated these things higher than the first time) or if it was just simply because less participants completed the rushing process, so the percentage of those who had these issues was higher because of a smaller pool of subjects. This article out right attacks sorority women, and isn’t even clear in its information. All the sororities on campus work extremely hard to promote a positive body image and break down stereotypes; and having one single article like this could tear down everything we’ve worked for. As a member of a sorority, I can honestly say that sorority life has helped improve my body image immensely. The first 18 years of my life I had a very negative view of myself. All the media propaganda and models and magazines never helped growing up either. However, when I joined my sorority, things began to change. I began to have support in ways I never dreamed, and got to learn from beautiful, confident women every day. I know that on days I’m feeling down about my body image, I have 60 sisters to tell me how beautiful I am. Although this article may be true for other campuses, it is definitely not true for ours. I hope all the unaffiliated women at GVSU realize just how different and innovative our campus is.

READ MORE 

Discrimination denial

The current federal policy prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood is a discriminatory one that must be repealed at the earliest possible date.

READ MORE